Marva Payton
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Marietta woman indicted in hit-and-run that killed 14-year-old boy

A Marietta woman was indicted last week on a felony hit-and-run charge after being accused of causing a 14-year-old boy’s death last year, court records show.

Marva Payton, 51, was arrested shortly after the teenager, who attended Osborne High School, was found critically injured along Cunningham Road in December, AJC.com previously reported. The boy died the following day at a hospital.

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Payton lived within a half-mile of where the teen was struck, which was near the entrance to the Crosswinds subdivision. 

Investigators found a black 2013 Honda Accord, which had been damaged, and they were able to tie that vehicle to the hit-and-run. Payton was the vehicle’s owner, Cobb County police said.

Video surveillance from a nearby home and a Dairy Queen on Powder Springs Road placed a dark sedan in the area before and after the teen was hit. Investigators were initially unable to determine the make and model of the vehicle due to limited evidence at the scene.

Cobb police and the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office declined to release the teen’s name, but the school district confirmed he was a student. 

According to Payton’s arrest warrant, she hit the teen as he was in a southbound lane and drove away. She was indicted on the charge last Thursday, Cobb court records show.

She was previously released from the county’s jail on a $100,000 bond.

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